Archive for the ‘Multi-Tools’ Category

Holiday Shopping: How to Spot a Quality Multi-Tool

Monday, December 17th, 2012

LED 130 LED Micro Pliers multi-toolA smart shopper always prepared to compare products. However, this kind of informed buying can be difficult when you’re shopping for a gift. Multi-tools, for instance, are sophisticated enough to offer dozens of different features. How can you be sure the multi-tool you purchase for a loved one will be used regularly, and that it will last? Our holiday shopping guide below is the answer. Read on to learn what to look for in a quality multi-tool.

Features. First, decide which features your gift recipient needs most. Multi-tools can be used for hunting, on-the-fly repairs, camping and much more. Figure out where and why the multi-tool will be used most – this will help you prioritize attachments and features. For instance, a computer technician would benefit from a tool that includes lots of slim screwdriver attachments for opening computer cases. Campers, on the other hand, would look for a saw blade (for cutting up firewood), a can opener, a strong knife and perhaps wire cutters for tent repair.

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Holiday Shopping: Give the Gift of Disaster Preparedness

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

My gifts were the prettiest, as alwaysGiving emergency supplies as a holiday gift may seem boring or overly practical, but doing so sends the sign that you deeply care about your loved ones’ welfare. Plus, many emergency items are great “tuck-ins” for those presents that just need a little something extra. For example, an emergency LED flashlight is easily tucked into a stocking, as is a multi-tool. Finally, with all of the natural disasters around the world these days, no one on earth would turn away an extra chance to be prepared. Giving a disaster prep item as a present gently encourages your family members and friends to put together their own emergency kits.

Here are our top five disaster preparedness gift ideas for the holiday season:

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Disaster Checklist: LED Flashlight, Multi-Tool and… Smartphone App?

Monday, November 26th, 2012

iPhone Home Screen ca. January 11, 2010Smartphones are humanity’s wünder-multi-tool. These tiny gadgets can contain a universe of information and a forum of applications – no wonder so many people walk around looking like their smartphones are surgically attached to their palms. When disaster hits, your smartphone can even take on extra importance as a survival tool. And we’re not just talking about the built-in LED flashlight on many smartphone models. With the right apps, you can prepare for and respond to any emergency more effectively.

FEMA recently released a thorough disaster smartphone app without flashy visuals – a good combination for post-disaster usability. The FEMA app is organized into several tabs:

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Product Comparison: LED Pro Pocket Pliers Multi Tool vs. LED Micro Pliers Multi Tool

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

LED 150 2-LED Pro Pocket Pliers Multi-Tool vs. LED 135 Micro Pliers Multi-ToolSmartphones are changing the way we shop. According to a recent study from Ecoconsultancy, half of all American shoppers have used their mobile phones to compare prices and check out product reviews while shopping. Although our comparison-shopping prowess has certainly increased due to internet-enabled cell phones, it’s still not easy to figure out which purchase is best – especially for specialized products such as multi-tools. When you want high-quality knowledge about niche products, you have to go to the experts.

A multi-tool is a highly personalized thing – it’s a gadget that many people rely on daily. Therefore, you want to make sure you buy a multi-tool that will serve you well for years to come. Below, we compare two of our top-rated multi-tools, the Coast LED150 2-LED Pro Pocket Pliers multi-tool (model #C5899B) and the Coast LED135 micro pliers multi-tool (model #C2899B).

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Product Comparison: LED Micro Pliers Multi Tool vs. LED Pocket Pliers Multi Tool

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

COAST's LED Micro Pliers Multi-Tool and LED Pocket Pliers Multi-ToolToo many choices – that’s how many modern consumers feel. The grocery store leaves us overwhelmed. The malls are so large and full of potential buying decisions that the elderly among us traipse through them for exercise. Well, we feel your pain, shoppers – and we want to make your multi-tool decision a little easier. The chart below compares two of our most popular multi-tools: the LED Micro Pliers multi-tool and the LED pocket pliers multi-tool. Our hope is that listing the basic information about each multi-tool side-by-side will help you figure out which is the best option for your needs.

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COAST Products Showcases Lighting and Multi-Tools at Snap-On Franchisee Conference

Monday, September 24th, 2012

A Sailor welds a bracket in the sheet metal shop.

Snap-On franchisees, associates and suppliers like COAST converged in Las Vegas Aug. 10-12 at the annual Snap-On Franchisee Conference. This conference is geared toward technicians, service workers and the companies that supply them. COAST participated as a leading supplier of multi-tools and LED flashlights.

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ToolSkool Interviews COAST Products Owner David Brands [video]

Monday, August 20th, 2012

ToolSkool recently interviewed COAST Products owner David Brands about the Coast 2-LED Pro Pocket Pliers, as seen in this video. Why would ToolSkool writer Brad Staggs be so interested in this particular set of pliers? Well, because we pulled off quite the feat with this new product: The 2-LED Pro Pocket pliers won a prestigious Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award at the National Hardware Show this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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The C5899 LED Pro Pocket Pliers: Your Labor Day Multi-Tool

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Labor Day WeekendAh, Labor Day – that end-of-summer holiday that we so love to fill with fun outdoor activities such as camping, hunting and barbecuing. This summer, make your Labor Day as easy and carefree as summer itself; carry the C5899 LED Pro Pocket Pliers multi-tool in your pocket or tool belt.

Skeptical that a multi-tool could have such a huge impact on the success of your Labor Day activities? Well, this isn’t just any multi-tool. It’s the only multi-tool selected for a 2012 Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award. The Popular Mechanics editors chose just 16 tools for this honor, from the thousands of products featured at the 2012 National Hardware Show.

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